New Hall Vineyards, Bacchus Reserve, Purleigh, Essex, England, 2019

£13.50

New Hall is 500 yards away from one of the first vineyards planted in England, which dates back to the year 1120. This vineyard was actually commissioned only 30 years later by the Crown to produce their wines, such was the quality. We can’t actually remember who was sat on the thrown that year (heads over to Wikipedia and turns out it was Henry II) and like most Royals, they tend to get what they want. And why not? This juice is delicious (admittedly – it probably wasn’t this exact wine!). On a 2nd sidenote, our sommelier Nick actually has a Bacchus vine planted in his back garden but, and not particularly surprising as he lives in north Manchester, it hasn’t developed fruit just yet. So, here’s to 2021 being the vintage for that to change! The Bacchus in this bottle is one of, if not the oldest planting of the variety in England and goes back to 1977 after the owners had originally planted Reichensteiner, Huxelrebe and Muller Thurgau. Cheers!

Nose

Intense and clean. Elderflower, green apple and pear. Hint of orchard fruit, citrus, white pepper and cut grass.

Palate

Very dry but with great fruit. All of the above with a bit of melon and pineapple thrown in for good luck. Crisp and elegant on the finish.